MIT physicist lecture to discuss nanofibers and artificial tissue

Physicist Leon Bellan studies nanofibers.

Leon Bellan, an expert in the applications and properties of nanofibers, or fibers smaller than a millionth of a meter in diameter, discusses his work in a lecture at Bates College at 4:10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in Room 204 of Carnegie Science Hall, 44 Campus Ave.

Titled Fibers and Fluidics from High Voltage and Cotton Candy, the lecture is sponsored by the physics and astronomy department at Bates. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 207-786-6490.

Bellan is a postdoctoral associate in the chemical engineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor of science degree in physics at Caltech in 2003, and his doctorate in applied and engineering physics at Cornell in 2008.

At Cornell, Bellan studied applications and properties of electrospun nanofibers. His work focused on microstructure and mechanical characterization, electrospinning jet dynamics measurements and the use of nanofibers for fabrication purposes.

His current work builds on the idea of forming nanochannels with “sacrificial nanofibers.” He is currently developing techniques using sacrificial cotton candy to produce 3D microfluidic networks that may be used as artificial vascular systems in engineered tissue.

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